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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 05 2021, @07:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the so-it-has-come-to-this dept.

LA Paramedics Told Not To Transport Some Patients With Low Chance Of Survival:

The Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency issued a directive Monday that ambulance crews should only administer bottled oxygen to patients whose oxygen saturation levels fall below 90%.

In a separate memo from the county's EMS Agency, paramedic crews have been told not to transfer patients who experience cardiac arrest unless spontaneous circulation can be restored on the scene.

Both measures announced Monday, which were issued by the agency's medical director, Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, were taken in an attempt to get ahead of an expected surge to come following the winter holidays.

Many hospitals in the region "have reached a point of crisis and are having to make very tough decisions about patient care," Dr. Christina Ghaly, the LA County director of health services said at a briefing Monday.

[...] "We do not believe that we are yet seeing the cases that stemmed from the Christmas holiday," Ghaly added. "This, sadly, and the cases from the recent New Year's holiday, is still before us, and hospitals across the region are doing everything they can to prepare."

'We Are Not Abandoning Resuscitation': LA County Healthcare Leader Speaks Out After Memo Raises Concerns:

Los Angeles County hospitals are so inundated, officials said they're just trying to provide the best care they can for the people who need it.

The memo sent out on December 28 by the medical director of L.A. County's Emergency Medical Services agency, Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, addressed how first responders should treat stroke and heart attack patients, saying a patient should be treated at the scene first and have a pulse during resuscitation before transporting them to the hospital.

[...] The medical director of L.A. County's Emergency Services Agency, Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, assured CBS2 that officials continue to do all they can to save patients' lives at the scene and the hospital, as they always have.

"We are not abandoning resuscitation," Gausche-Hill said. "We are absolutely doing best practice resuscitation and that is do it in the field, do it right away... What we're asking is that — which is slightly different than before — is that we are emphasizing the fact that transporting these patients arrested leads to very poor outcomes.


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  • (Score: 2) by driverless on Tuesday January 05 2021, @11:32PM (2 children)

    by driverless (4770) on Tuesday January 05 2021, @11:32PM (#1095336)

    There is no need to ration anything if you did things properly like China. 85% of the people will follow the rules.

    Not in the US they won't, because it's been turned into a cult loyalty issue. I know the Russians weren't directly responsible for this, but man, if I was Russian and the US hadn't already done it to themselves I'd be making this my #1 priority.

    In the meantime, Trump is off to play golf in Scotland. I guess the more usual practice of playing the fiddle was beyond him.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @01:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @01:54AM (#1095400)

    No he's not. They told him to fuck off; his golf isn't "essential". Theydon't want him in Scotland [nytimes.com], they don't want him in Florida [nytimes.com], and they sure as hell don't want him in New York.

    Actually, maybe he should go to New York and try his proposed 5th Ave stunt. Without the Secret Service protecting him. Yeah, that's probably what he should do.

  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:48AM

    by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:48AM (#1096094) Journal

    I'm not sure. I suspect Trump of being, at least indirectly, a Russian agent. I suspect that he owes a bunch of money to companies controlled by Putin, and has been trying to get those debts cancelled. But I admit this is only suspicion. I'm not enough of an accountant to be certain even if I had the paperwork in hand. (It may have involved Deutsche Bank AG. There's lots of links if you start searching.)

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